Category Archives: British History

The 1975 European Community Referendum: The First of Two … or of Three?

by Dr Linda Arch On 5 June 1975 the UK held a referendum in which the electorate were asked the following question: Do You Think that the United Kingdom should stay in the European Community (the Common Market)? Voters were … Continue reading

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‘A mixture of minds which cannot unite’: John Milton and no-fault divorce

by Dr Rachel Foxley The government’s current consultation (closing on 10 December) about making ‘no fault’ divorce quicker and easier might have drawn a robust contribution from the famous seventeenth-century poet and polemicist John Milton, if he were alive today. … Continue reading

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The Stenton Lecture and Symposium 2018

Thursday 22nd November marks the date of this year’s Stenton Lecture which is preceded by the Stenton Symposium. Both events take place on the Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading. The 2018 Stenton Lecture was live-streamed at our departmental Facebook page, and … Continue reading

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Department Seminar Series, autumn term 2018

All seminars are held on Wednesday at 4:30–6pm in Edith Morley 126. Refreshments are provided and all are welcome! 10h October, Professor Patrick Major (Reading): ‘Keep Calm and Carry On?: The Bomb, the BBC and 1984’s Threads’ 31st October, Dr … Continue reading

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‘As you love your father so love her’: Remembering the marriage of Francis Sitwell and Harriet Augusta Manners, 26 September 2018

by Hilary Matthews, PhD student My thesis explores the idea of an ‘agricultural friendship’ among a group of men, from different backgrounds, who were interested in progressive farming at the turn of the nineteenth century. I am especially interested in … Continue reading

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